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America Street: A Multicultural Anthology of Stories

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  144 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Welcome to America Street, where every story is as vital and unique as
the friends, neighbors, and relatives we encounter every day. Here are
fourteen stories about young people told by some of America's best
storytellers: Duane Big Eagle, Toni Cade Bambara, Robert Cormier,
Langston Hughes, Gish Jen, Francisco Jiménez, Mary K. Mazotti, Nicholasa
Mohr, Toshio Mori, Leslie Namiok
Paperback, 152 pages
Published January 17th 1993 by Persea
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May 02, 2017 Shelby is currently reading it
Shelves: short-stories
America Street: A Multicultural Anthology of Stories is a book comprised of 14 stories about young people. This book celebrates uniqueness, and opens readers’ eyes to different perspectives.
I think this would be awesome to use with middle schoolers because sometimes they can be so concerned with themselves and the immediate world around them that they forget to try to see things from different perspectives.
I would use this book to talk about Voice. Because there are so many perspectives represe
Kate Brown
Overall, this is a good collection of multicultural short stories that could be used in a middle school classroom. Some are stronger than others, but there are definitely a few gems in the mix. Ironically, many of these stories have appeared in textbooks that were previously used in our school district. "The No-Guitar Blues" by Gary Soto was in the 7th grade Holt series before we went to Prentice Hall. It will be helpful to go back to old textbooks to find questions, activities, and projects whi ...more
Mar 20, 2008 Nancy added it
Recommends it for: anybody whos diverse
This book is a book that has a lot of diversity and cultural fusion into it. For example, it has many stories such as The All American Slurp, Sixth Grade, The Wrong Lunch Line, etc ... This book talks a lot about the past and what happened in the mid 1900's. These stories were made up but they were influenced by the authors lives. The stories there are hilarious and entertaining. You would laugh your pants off reading it. Some stories aren't like the other stories. There are mini stories about ...more
Nov 14, 2016 Angel rated it did not like it
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Jan 02, 2013 Rusty rated it liked it
When one picks up anthology I believe one is in for a reading treat. This group of short stories about young people from different cultures is quite interesting. The Journey by Duane Big Eagle is the first and one of my favorites. Traveling from Mexico, a sick youngster comes to the U.S. to visit his aunt who he hopes will help cure him. It includes some of the myth and beliefs of Native American culture. The All-American Slurp features a Chinese family adapting to American ways. It's poignant a ...more
Madeline Chino
Sep 25, 2015 Madeline Chino rated it it was amazing
I love this book it has more than one story in it.Two of my favorite storys are Raymond's run by toni cade bambara.The second story thats my favorite story is thank you, m'am by Langston Hughes
Im going to talk about Thank You M'am it's about a lady walking around eleven o'clock in the night.Then sudden single tug a boy gave it from the behind.He tryed to snatch the lady's large purse but the boys weight and the weight of the purse combined caused him to lose his balance.The lady took him to her
Erin Reilly-Sanders
Aug 29, 2010 Erin Reilly-Sanders rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, juvenile
I found this multicultural collection of stories to be mostly dated and uninteresting. Some of them became more interesting with discussion and seemed to hold more interest/have more meat to them than others. I also thought that the selection didn't seem broad or multicultural enough focusing on a few ethnic groups but not others. I also thought that the book would have held up more if it had focused on urban stories, but instead it includes urban and rural but neglects the suburban, where many ...more
Cordell Henley
Cordell Henley
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Title:America Street
Author:Anne Mazer

This book is a book about the old days such as the 1900s
and it talks about how a Chinese American girl discovers
that the way to eat celery in china is as mysterious
to her friend Meg as the American way of drinking a milkshake
is to her and the author made this book to show how it was during
the old days and the author of this book who is Anne Mazer was also
raised in the American Streets and is 35 years old and she grew up learni
Sep 30, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: tween-books
This book was required reading for my son at school. I decided to read it as well because I could immediately tell it was a book that could raise some interesting issues that we could discuss together. I was not disappointed! It is a really terrific book of short stories that depict different aspects of multicultural life in the city. The stories are generally bittersweet (although a few are funny) and definitely force the reader to think about some nuanced issues. Probably best for a 6th-8th gr ...more
Jan 04, 2012 Gretchen rated it liked it
The larger works of most of these authors count as some of my favorites, so it was not hard to enjoy this collection of stories. Each tale gives a glimpse of another culture and another view of the term "American" aside from the most-commonly-held one: "White American." By the end, one realizes that Americans, as all humans, share the same emotions when confronted by adversity. In understanding each other, we understand ourselves. This anthology is intended for young adults, but only in its pres ...more
Mr. Brammer
_America Street_'s stories depict adolescents from various American subcultures. This anthology is great if you are looking for short, accessible texts with which to frame a discussion of culture in your English class. There are a few stories, however, such as "Business at 11" where the culture represented is a little more ambiguous.
Apr 14, 2009 Janet rated it it was amazing
what i read on this book was about a boy that he was about to stole a womens purse. but the women caught him he just wanted money so h was going to stole the womens purse i think he has no education but then the women took him home and gave him food. this a great book.
Apr 14, 2012 Ilovereading rated it liked it
I thought it could have been better, but it was a very ethnically strong book. To see my full review of it, visit:

I review preteen, teen, young adult, and adult fiction. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Anthology of YA short stories.

This was assigned reading for a grad class, but I will keep it because there were a few short stories that I might use in teaching. Many of the stories seemed too young for my juniors; many also appear in other anthologies I have.
Mar 17, 2008 Rana rated it it was ok
i help to run a fourth grade book club at my kids school through learning leaders using this book. i think everytime i read it again and experience it through their disscussions i like it a little bit more.
Nov 05, 2009 Carmela rated it it was amazing
It is a very intresting book.
Karen Arendt
Sep 26, 2010 Karen Arendt rated it really liked it
A collection of multicultural stores written by various authors. Great for starting discussion on tolerance and acceptance of others.
Rita Martins
Mar 19, 2007 Rita Martins rated it really liked it
A great variety of short stories!
Apr 14, 2009 Patrick is currently reading it
I like how the different people tell about some of their life and the made up stories. it is a very good book to read.
Mar 29, 2007 Anne-Marie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
Poignant short stories by Toni Cade Bambara, Gary Soto, Langston Hughes, Duane Big Eagle, Naomi Shihab Nye, Gish Gen, and others. Great for a multicultural literature unit.
May 13, 2010 Elaine rated it really liked it
Interesting collection of stories from a variety of authors about a variety of things that children deal with everyday. I didn't like all of the stories, but I did like most, and some were just gems.
There are some gems in here, including two of my favorite short stories for children: "Yes, Ma'am" by Langston Hughes, and "The No Guitar Blues" by Gary Soto.
Jules Brugel
May 26, 2014 Jules Brugel rated it really liked it
Good read for middle schoolers.
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Quite a lot of Anne Mazer’s writing education took place while she was unconscious. Her parents wanted desperately to become writers and made themselves get up at 4:00 a.m. Every morning in order to have writing time before their three young children awoke. The first thing Anne heard every day was two big, noisy electric typewriters. The furious sound of typing was her childhood wake-up music. Dur ...more
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